When taking care of a bearded dragon, sometimes it is inevitable that your pet will contract an illness. When this happens, you should take care of your sick bearded dragon in order to ensure that its condition will not deteriorate, or in a worst case scenario, it will not die. Here are some tips on how you can provide supportive care for your sick bearded dragon.
The first and foremost step is identifying if your bearded dragon is sick. It is kind of tricky as these reptiles tend to hide their symptoms from their owners when they are sick. Therefore you need to be alert for sudden behavioral changes that your pet goes through. Bearded dragon owners should watch out for signs like lethargy, sudden loss of appetite, or drastic weight loss.
The next thing that you need to do is to go to a reptile veterinarian in order to have the condition of your pet inspected. You may bring a stool sample along the way to easily help the veterinarian diagnose your pet’s condition. You should always pay attention to the condition of your pet so that if the veterinarian asks about the occurrence of symptoms, you can answer accurately. Then if your pet was prescribed medications, make sure that you give it to your pet as directed and follow the exact schedule, to make the treatment more potent.
There are also several ways that you can do on your own for a sick bearded dragon. One of them is placing the lizard in a warm water that is deep enough to immerse its body but not enough to submerge its head. This treatment can help a constipated bearded dragon, as well as when it is dehydrated.
Finally, if your sick bearded dragon is rapidly losing weight because of an illness, you can add more mealworms and superworms in its diet. These worms are rich in calories and they should help your pet gain more weight. However, you need to revert to the normal diet once your bearded dragon is already healthy, as these worms also contain a lot of fats. When your pet has no appetite and does not eat anything, feed it using a syringe. Blend its food until it has a liquid consistency and feed a tablespoon of the mixture. Continue doing this until the sick bearded dragon can already eat on its own.